Cave of Agia Sofia


Location: Mylopotamos   

The cave of Agia Sofia on Kythira: The cave of Agia Sofia is located about 60m above sea level near the villages Kapsali and Mylopotamos. There is an asphalt road that goes to the cave but it has some twists, so extra attention is needed. The cave has nice formations of stalactites and stalagmites inside and like all caves, atmosphere is chilly inside. In fact, the average temperature is 16oC even in summer, with a humidity of 73%.

Inside the cave, there is a nice church with an open roof dedicated to Saint Sofia. A legend says that her dead body was found there and the residents of Mylopotamos village built a chapel in 1875 to her honour. In this church, there are some holy icons and fine frescoes, such as the fresco with the figure of Agia Sofia and her three daughters (Love, Faith and Hope) right at the entrance. Some remains of the early Christian era have also been found in the cave, indicating that Christian cults were held there.

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